Dr. G.L. Dusseldorp is Post-doctoral fellow at University of Johannesburg, dept. of Anthropology and Development Studies and Guest staff member at Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden UniversityProfile page
This annotation concerns the appeal of a verdict on a building permit issued without requiring sufficient archaeological research. The case illustrates municipalities’ freedom to ignore the protection of archaeological heritage under the new Heritage Law.
A Dutch court recently decided that it is in the common interest to allow building activities in the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) in Delft. These activities will lead to the destruction of approximately 2000 graves without proper archaeological documentation.
Dutch archaeology will be reorganized with the implementation of the Heritage Act. We highlight problems in the current situation and review how the proposed Act impacts those. It suggests that the archaeological record may be worse off in the near future.